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Nikon 70-300mm VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens - 2161

Abt Model: 2161 | UPC Code: 018208021611
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4.3x Telephoto Zoom/ Vibration Reduction/ Two Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements/ Internal Focus/ Silent Wave Motor
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Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Camera Lens In Black, Model 2161

This high-powered, 4.3x Zoom-Nikkor lens, featuring Nikon's Enhanced Vibration Reduction (VRII) technology is ideal for sports, wildlife, travel and portrait photography, among other telephoto applications.

Features:

  • High-power 4.3x Telephoto Zoom-Nikkor lens (Approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on 35mm SLR).
  • Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing photographers to shoot handheld at as many as 4 shutter speeds slower* than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. * When used on Nikon DX format DSLR
  • Two Nikon Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements deliver superior optical performance for both digital and 35mm photography. ED glass minimizes chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance.
  • Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.
  • Focus as close as 4.9 ft throughout entire zoom range.
  • Non-Rotating front element provides for convenient use of circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System.
  • A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet autofocusing, along with quick switching between autofocus and manual operation (M/A and M).
  • A nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening, out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
  • 67mm filter attachment size.

Specifications:

  • Type of lens: G-Type AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens with built - in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount
  • Focal length: 70-300mm (Approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm 35mm SLR)
  • Maximum aperture: f/4.5-5.6
  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups (with 2 ED glass elements)
  • Picture angle: 34 degrees 20 feet- 8 degrees 10 feet (22 degrees 50 feet – 5 degrees 20 feet with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras)
  • Focal length: scale 70, 100, 135, 200, 300mm
  • Distance information: Output to camera body
  • Zoom control: Manually via zoom ring
  • Focusing: Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) system utilizing an internal Silent Wave Motor; manually via focusing ring
  • Vibration reduction: Lens-shift method using voice coil motors (VCMs)
  • Closest focus distance: 4.9 feet (1.5m) at all zoom settings
  • No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)
  • Diaphragm: Fully automatic
  • Aperture range: f/4.5 to f/32 (at 70mm), f/5.6 to f/40 (at 300mm)
  • Exposure measurement: Via full-aperture method
  • Filter/attachment size: 67mm
  • Focus method: Ring SWM (Silent Wave Motor)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • 3.1" x 5.6" (80 x 143.5mm)

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 26.3 oz (745g)
  • Shipping: 1 lb.

Box Contents:

  • 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens
  • LC-67 67mm snap-on front lens cap
  • LF-1 rear lens cap
  • HB-36 bayonet hood
  • CL-1022 flexible lens pouch

Optional Accessories:

  • 67mm screw-in filters, including circular polarizing filter

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice

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Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens
 
4.4

(based on 198 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)

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    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I Never Leave Home Without It!

      The AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is unequivocally the best modern telephoto zoom lens if you want a dedicated zoom tele with light weight and a moderate price. This lens works perfectly on...Read complete review

      The AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is unequivocally the best modern telephoto zoom lens if you want a dedicated zoom tele with light weight and a moderate price. This lens works perfectly on all Nikon digital cameras, along with most Nikon autofocus film cameras made before 1990. This lens is a G-type lens, meaning it has no aperture ring. It won't work on any manual focus camera. The 70-300mm VR is very sharp with low distortion, an easy manual focus and a fast and accurate autofocus. The VR II, the new version of vibration reduction gives extremely sharp pictures. I've actually gone 4 stops sharper! I don't have to lug a tripod around. The autofocus is quiet and the instant manual focus is.......well, instantaneous. This lens is perfect for fast action shooting such as sports. I wouldn't use this lens for indoor or outdoor low light shooting. The 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II is much faster in low light. While the 70-300mm can be stopped down to f/32-40, my advice is don't! Diffraction will give you soft images at these f-stops. Diffraction is a softening effect similar to using a soft-focus filter or shooting through a window screen. This lens does not produce any lateral chromatic aberration (LCA) with any modern Nikon model since 2006. Distortion on DX is non-existent. With FX cameras there is moderate distortion which can be corrected with Photoshop's lens distortion filter. There is a phenomenon called falloff. Falloff occurs towards the corners of a DX frame and appears as darkened corners. While the 70-300mm has very little, I haven't seen any on my images. The 18-200mm VR by contrast has falloff at 200mm and f.5.6 on DX cameras. Falloff also occurs and maybe more noticeable on FX and film cameras. There is no vignetting with this lens, even when I stacked several filters. There typically is no problem with film cameras either with stacked filters. If any vignetting does occur with a film camera, it will be at 100mm. If you're planning on using three or more stacked filters on a film camera, check there first. There are no problems with flare and ghosting. This lens also has no problem with shadow created by a flash, even at the closest focus distance. As for sharpness, the 70-300mm is sharp at most settings. It's normal for tele zooms to have the worst distortion at the long end. It is worse at f/11, but much better at f.16. Use f/8 if you can or f/16 if you want depth of field. At f/22 and f/32 there is diffraction, as with all lenses. There is no lens that can overcome the laws of physics. In a quiet room you'll hear the VR running. It's noisy, but, this is normal. You will feel the VR system when it's working. The VR starts with a "klunk" and stops with a "klunk" after you release the shutter. Many zoom lenses tightly pack the focal lengths together at one end of the scale. The 70-300mm VR has them evenly spaced and a big-fat zoom ring that is easy to use. There is a little focus shift while simultaneously zooming. The best technique with this lens is; zoom first then focus. Of all Nikon's tele zooms the 70-300mm VR is the best compromise of size, weight, price and image quality. This lens is like the American Express card, I never leave home without it! This combination of performance, size and weight is my favorite to carry around all day.

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      Forget Dusk or Dawn Shooting

      This is sold as a 300mm but I found anything beyond 230mm in AF in a low lite situation to be unacceptable. Any shot in that +200mm area that has a subject in shadowed...Read complete review

      This is sold as a 300mm but I found anything beyond 230mm in AF in a low lite situation to be unacceptable. Any shot in that +200mm area that has a subject in shadowed or shaded area will not be clear let alone trying to capture a bird in flight. I was sent it to Nikon for inspection; no info was returned as to what was done or found wrong....just the lens in a new box. One would be better to buy 200mm zoom than have this 300mm. Others specs are above average when used on a D40 and D200.

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      3.0

      Fair Lens

      By Opwe

      from Rockwall, TX, USA

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      Good lens if you have very good quality lighting (i.e., bright sunlight). Also, images not very sharp at about 225mm thru 300mm. But it is a f4.5 - f5.6, so it is expected. I wish I would have waited a bit and got the 70-200mm f2.8. Very good point and shoot zoom lens, but I expected much better performance and sharpness. I would definitely recommend this lens as point and shoot zoom lens, but not for serious enthusiasts or pros.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superb telephoto for budget-minded photographers

      By HumblePhotog

      from Atlanta, GA

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      Finally had a chance to get this lens out and have been nothing but impressed with it. First of all; no, it's not on par with the faster - and vastly more expensive - telephoto lenses in Nikon's lineup in terms of clarity, sharpness, build quality, or low-light performance. It's also 1/5th the price on average and so it's really not a fair comparison to begin with. However, with that in mind, the optics and image quality are still top-notch. In fact, for a consumer-grade lens, the IQ and overall construction of the lens itself is among the best I've found in this price range. I got this lens primarily to use for my son's soccer games, where lugging around my 70-200mm 2.8G on a monopod just isn't convenient or necessary even. With ample light, the 70-300mm shines and produces surprisingly sharp images, even at the minimum and maximum focal lengths. I found that the clarity tends to degrade minimally between 200-300mm, but is still very usable. The VR II feature works and works very well. If you're hand holding, it definitely comes in handy and the difference with VR on vs. off is marked and noticeable. Given the relatively hefty weight of the lens, this feature might benefit some more than others, especially if you're not used to shooting with a lens that has a little bit of weight to it. Auto focus is fairly quick and I didn't find much hunting at 300mm, even on an overcast day. This is especially nice with the crop factor if you happen to be using a DX body, letting you reach out and get the shot without much hassle or wasted time. You can always 'help' the AF by focusing manually from the start and letting the AF take over before getting the shot, but I haven't found myself needing to do that at all. Overall, I would highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for a quality zoom for outdoor sports, nature shots, candids, and even portraiture. Like mentioned from the start, there are better and faster lenses out there but, for this price, you really can't go wrong and won't be disappointed with the quality you'll receive for the money.

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      4.0

      AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

      By vrarun

      from inda

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      really close up shots u will get sharp detail with amazing depth of field to work with in aperture priority. Landscape, wildlife, and close up, this lens

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One For The Travel Bag

      By PhotoMate

      from Kanagawa Japan

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      This lens is the one you want in your travel bag. If you have limited space to pack, this lens offers a great degree of versatility. It is great for landscape as at 70mm you still have plenty of view angle, but when you want to get the close up shot, the 300mm zoom capability will get you in with the subject. Very sharp detail and good light gathering capability. And for the really close up shots you will get sharp detail with amazing depth of field to work with in aperture priority. Landscape, wildlife, and close up, this lens provides a quality results.

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      4.0

      Excellent and it works for D5000

      By jamdvx

      from Mexico

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      I use D5000 and I'm satisfied with this 300mm. Manual/Automatic, Vibration Reduction, automatic settings working good, is not the fastest focus speed but nice and enough. Beautiful photos can be gotten depending scene, objects or illumination conditions but his lens is excellent choice for general Zoom photos, the f/4.5 is not enough for low light conditions, but for most common situations and outdoors this is really a good zoom with nice price.

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      4.0

      'Get it Tuned' for best output

      By Asuspine

      from Pakistan

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      Its good value for money. However, make sure that there are no 'back focus' problems. In that case it wouldn't give the best output. There is a marked improvement in focusing and image sharpness after I fine tuned my Nikon D7000 for this lens. Sharpness reduces beyond 200mm.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Value as a lighter weight FX/DX travel zoom

      By Scotishlion

      from San Francisco

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      This particular Nikor Zoom was purchased as a lighter weight VR Zoom as an alternative to my 3.4 lb Nikor 80mm-400mm VR for traveling to Japan and Greece, where I needed a portable and fast focusing 450mm VR end range for shooting harbor and port features from the decks of ships arriving in places like Santorini, Greece and many other lanscape subjects.The performance, handling, and cost are in balance in making this lens a good balance of function and price. The photo results rate a very good to excellent when used on the D90, D300s, D7000, D7100, and even the D600 that I currently use. The D90 has been replaced by the new D7100 for use with my D7000/D7100 as my preferred travel DSLR bodies. I have used this lens on the D600 with very satisfacory results in producing excellent 16-20 and 18-24 prints. I have recently purchased the new Nikor 70mm-200mm VR F4 to supplement the 70mm-300mm VR lens in looking for a lens with noticable optical quality improvement, NIC Coatings, and the newer VR3 system for maritime and landscape photography. However, the optical range of the 70mm-300mm VR on a DX DSLR of 105mm-450mm is very useful for my kind of work. I use this with an excellent Nikor DX 10mm-24mm wide angle zoom, an excellent Nikor 16mmm-85mm VR Zoom, and a Nikor 50G F1.8 as my travel kit with a D7000 and a D7100 or a D7000 and a smaller Coolpix 7000 for back-up and low-key night street photography. The 70mm-300mm VR is a excellent value that delivers very good-excellent results at one third of the cost of the new excellent Nikor 70-200mm VR F4 lens and one fourth to one fifth the cost of the Nikor Pro-Quality 70-200mm VR F2.8 Telephoto Zoom. These alternative Nikor VR Telephoto Zooms I own are a lot lighter, less expensive and get greater usage as a result compared to my heavy but excellent 3.4 lbs Nikor 80mm-400mm VR Zoom. I highly recommend this 70mm-300mm VR if cost, travel weight, and range are important. I believe that the next level of lens choice consideration in cost, weight, optical performance and value to consider for use on a D7100 or D600 with the greater 24 pixel sensors, is the Nikor 70mm-200mm VR F4 zoom lens or go for the Nikor 70mm-200mm F2.8 VR Pro lens if low light, bokeh are worth the trade-off in weight over the lighter travel weight and hand-held qualities of the 70-300mm VR or the 70-200mm F4 VR3 Nikor Zooms.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding Lens !

      By TonySanJoseCA

      from San Jose, CA

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      I have only two lenses at this point in time. The Nikkor 16-85 3.5-5.6 and the 70-00 4.5-5.6. I find myself continuously reaching for this lens. The lens is amazingly sharp, nice Bokeh!! Just looking through the view finder with this lens give you the feel that you are using professional quality glass. I would post some pictures here but they are severely reduced therefore you really can't see the true image quality.. Anyway, I too same as many other people doing the due dilegence research.But let me tell you now, if you are interested in this lens, don't waste your time any longer. Just go for it !!

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Lens at an amazing price.

      By Neeraj

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      Amazing Lens at an amazing price. hard to believe that it would be so good

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yes, Buy t!

      By Krisanie

      from Mukilteo, WA, USA

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      If you are wondering if you should buy this lens, the answer is "Yes!" With my DX format camera it has an effective range of about 105-450, which I just love, as I do a lot of nature photography. The Vibration Reduction works quietly in the background, but really shows up in stunning, crisp images. That said, for those of you who have never had a real glass lens, this one will feel heavy and you will need to learn to use your camera with the different balance. Go back to basics, support the lens with your left hand palm up, and you will be just fine. Some people might not like the extra weight, but a good photographer will just learn how to deal with it. I prefer the heavier camera/lens set, which seems to me to be easier to hold steady.

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